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Dynamic Tabbing for Digital Outputs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000041475D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Stephens, LK: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present invention is related to user interactive displays or screens of the type where the status of digital outputs is displayed. In a preferred form, the screen provides a schematic illustration of devices controlled by the central processing unit with a status line associated with each of the devices. The status may be ON/OFF, HIGH/ LOW or the like. The purpose of this invention is to allow the user to easily change the status of the digital outputs. Changing the status of the digital outputs is accomplished by a tabbing function and the pressing of a designated function key. When the screen is displayed showing the various digital outputs, the status of the first listed output is underlined. Only the currently selected output is underlined.

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Dynamic Tabbing for Digital Outputs

The present invention is related to user interactive displays or screens of the type where the status of digital outputs is displayed. In a preferred form, the screen provides a schematic illustration of devices controlled by the central processing unit with a status line associated with each of the devices. The status may be ON/OFF, HIGH/ LOW or the like. The purpose of this invention is to allow the user to easily change the status of the digital outputs. Changing the status of the digital outputs is accomplished by a tabbing function and the pressing of a designated function key. When the screen is displayed showing the various digital outputs, the status of the first listed output is underlined. Only the currently selected output is underlined. If the user desires to change the status of the currently selected output from, for example, ON to OFF, the designated function key is pressed. This is a toggle action so that if the function key is again pressed, the status will be changed back to ON in the hypothetical example. This procedure greatly facilitates the user's control of the output devices connected to the central processing unit.

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